Gum disease, medical name periodontal disease, is a condition of the gums that occurs due to lack of proper dental hygiene, use of certain antibiotics, bacterial infection or due to over use of tobacco based products. The condition results in inflammation and bleeding of the gums causing a condition known as gingivitis.
In severe cases the inflammation can also lead to a very serious infection called periodontitis that makes you lose teeth and bones. There are also increased chances of heart attacks and strokes in people who suffer from gum disease. There are some very effective herbal medications that can help treat infection, bleeding as well as inflammation of the gums.
Effective Herbal Remedies For Gum Disease
Myrrh is an herb that is known for its fragrance and is used in the preparation of incense sticks. However, in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine myrrh is also used for its medicinal uses; it can help treat poor circulation of blood.
This is useful for remedying gum disease since improved blood flow to the gums will help in detoxification thereby removing the cause of the problem. The strong anti-inflammatory properties of myrrh bring down the swelling and pain of the gums. Check with you doctor on how to use myrrh supplements for treating gum disease.
Wood avens is an herbal plant that has tiny yellow flowers and is commonly found growing all the across Asia, Europe and North America. The root of the herb is used for medicinal purposes because it has anti-inflammatory tannins that make the herb mildly astringent in nature.
Many herbal mouthwashes contain wood avens as an ingredient since it helps reduce inflammation and bleeding of the gums. Rinse your mouth 3-4 times during the day and especially after meals using the wood avens mouthwash.
Goldenseal is quite a commonly used medicinal herb that comes from the same family as the buttercup flowers. The herb is known for its anti-inflammatory as well as antimicrobial actions that are useful in treating infection of the gums.
It contains the strong alkaloid berbine, which has the same properties as some of the antibiotics. Goldenseal can be successfully used for treating a variety of gum problems including infections, inflammation and bleeding. Supplements of goldenseal should be taken as per doctor’s recommendation.
Indian Pennywort And Pomegranate
Indian pennywort, when used in combination with pomegranate, has amazingly potent medicinal properties that are used in the treatment of gum disease. The herb contains rich amounts of tannin that gives it anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
The herb is used along with the fruit for treating periodontal disease. Tonic prepared using the two is applied over the gums to reduce bleeding and for treating plaque in some cases.
No dental treatment is complete without the use of some form of clove oil; the strong anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antimicrobial actions of clove make it very effective in the treatment of a variety of dental problems including bad breath.
You can use clove oil as a mouthwash (by diluting it in pure water) or you can apply the oil directly to the gums to treat inflammation and bleeding. Some people also prefer chewing on clove pods to treat toothaches.